Definition of pick off phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pick off

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
(informal) to aim carefully at a person, an animal or an aircraft, especially one of a group, and then shoot them Snipers were picking off innocent civilians.
to remove something from something such as a tree, a plant, etc. Pick off all the dead leaves.
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